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1 What Is MONAHRQ? May 2014 Note: This is one of seven slide sets outlining MONAHRQ and its value, available at

2 What Is MONAHRQ (continued)? Windows-based software from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help you and your organization create your own healthcare reports and websites Evidence-based – uses measures, data sources, and reporting techniques that are based on research Quick – generates reports and websites in days, not months Easy – designed to be intuitive so no training is needed to use it Flexible – allows customization to ensure that the reports and websites are relevant Free – provided by AHRQ at no cost to anyone who wants to produce health care reports and websites The purpose of MONAHRQ is to help increase transparency by disseminating evidence-based information that is understandable and useful for improving health care safety, quality and affordability. For more information, see the “What Is MONAHRQ?” presentation 2

3 Who Uses MONAHRQ? Who uses MONAHRQ to create reports and websites? ► Hospitals, hospital systems and hospital associations ► State agencies ► Public health departments ► Business, community or multi-stakeholder alliances ► Others who are involved in health care quality improvement Who is likely to use reports and websites created with MONAHRQ? ► Providers, such as hospitals, medical groups and others ► Patients, family members and the general public, including media ► State and local agency staff and others involved in public policy ► Researchers and analysts ► Private and public sector purchasers and payers, including health plans and self-insured employers and union trusts 3

4 What Does MONAHRQ Do? MONAHRQ takes health care data and helps you turn it into reports and websites Examples of data and information that can be used in MONAHRQ: Your own hospital discharge data Your own Emergency Department (ED) data AHRQ Quality Indicator ™ measure results Medicare Provider Inpatient Charge Data CMS Hospital Compare measure results  Mortality  Readmissions  Processes of care  Imaging  HCAHPS survey of patients’ experiences For a list of measure topics included in MONAHRQ, see the slide set on Reports and Websites That MONAHRQ Can Generate 4

5 MONAHRQ Websites and Reports Examples of websites that can be generated using MONAHRQ: Websites designed for use by clinicians, policymakers, researchers and analysts Websites designed for use by consumers and others in the general public Examples of reports that can be created using MONAHRQ: Hospital profile, with an overall patient experience rating and a list of the highest cost DRGs Quality of care comparison across hospitals, including patient experience ratings Emergency Department (ED) utilization Potentially avoidable hospitalizations by county Hospital use rates for conditions and procedures, by county Estimated cost savings by reducing avoidable hospital stays Hospital utilization and cost for top diagnosis related groups 5

6 What’s New in MONAHRQ 5.0? Improved user interface so the software is even easier to use to create health care reports and websites Ability to create multiple websites and re-use imported data, rather than starting over each time a new website is needed New reports that reflect the latest research about what is most effective for reporting to consumers Ability to create different websites depending on the audience: ► Consumers, patients and the general public ► Providers, researchers and analysts, and policymakers Architecture that enables MONAHRQ developers to capitalize on new data sources, making MONAHRQ a more versatile tool in this evolving health care environment 6

7 Setting Up MONAHRQ There are seven main steps to using MONAHRQ: 7

8 Setting Up MONAHRQ (Cont.) Step 1: Install MONAHRQ ► Prepare your environment with required software and MONAHRQ 5.0 Step 2: Prepare Libraries ► Datasets: Import and manage multiple versions of the same data file ► Measures: Customize measure attributes (title, description, etc.) ► Reports: Select and customize reports for the website you will generate Step 3: Define Regions and Hospitals ► Edit and manage hospital attributes and assign hospitals to regions Step 4: Create Website ► Use the Website Generation wizard to create and customize 8

9 Setting Up MONAHRQ (Cont. 2) Step 5: Define and Customize Website ► Customize the website theme and import content to be displayed on your generated website Step 6: Publish Website ► Use the wizard to check to ensure your website configurations and datasets are complete and save the website files to your local system Step 7: Host Website ► Upload and host your new or updated MONAHRQ-generated website 9

10 For Further Information Visit monahrq.ahrq.gov to access these additional slide setsVisit monahrq.ahrq.gov to access these additional slide sets: What is the Value of Measurement and Reporting? Why Use MONAHRQ for Health Care Reporting? How to Get Started with MONAHRQ What Types of Reports and Websites Can MONAHRQ Generate? Who Uses MONAHRQ? Future Plans for MONAHRQ and How to Get Involved To receive updates about MONAHRQ, ask to join our listserv by ing 10


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